Image: Gabrielle Jones, "Sapphire relief" 2010 Oil on canvas, 122 x 152cm
Reading the Sunday Life Magazine, published with the Sydney Sun Herald, I came across a line which struck me dumb (not easy to do!) because it so resonated with me, and the musings, of late, regarding my work.
"When you do something for the right reason, the mission is authentic, goals are reached and the world responds to this with recognition and affection. They buy it". Next question: What are my "right reasons" for painting?
So here goes: I need to paint (whether or not someone buys it in the literal or metaphoric sense).
I want to add beauty to the world - not fashionable, I know, but maybe it's time to talk about the benefits of this alone.
I want to add something "other", something which transports people to a memory, a place, an experience when they look at my work; something which enriches their lives on a daily basis.
I want to make people see the world in a different way.
I want to add to the methods of using paint to express experiences or vision.
I want to make new connections- with people, experiences, thoughts - that would not be made if there was no painting.
Next question: Is this enough?
Why do you paint? What are your authentic reasons for making art?